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What is the lowest to loudest sounding cherry mx caps? In bottoming out?
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I'm deciding between Cherry MX Black or Red. I'm a typer guy and a gamer.
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They all make noise when you bottom out. Only blues have the tactile click. Use O-rings to help reduce the bottom out noise. The best thing to do with mechanical MX cherry keys is to try them out before you buy.
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Blacks would probably be a bit quieter because the added weight would take a bit more pressure, making it harder to bottom out. Both are linear, mad the blacks do feel heavy.

I own a black and brown board. I've used blues and reds too. Reds generally feel too light to me. But it's all personal preference. Softer for reds, heavier for blacks. No wrong choice, enjoy man!
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Blacks would probably be a bit quieter because the added weight would take a bit more pressure, making it harder to bottom out. Both are linear, mad the blacks do feel heavy.

I own a black and brown board. I've used blues and reds too. Reds generally feel too light to me. But it's all personal preference. Softer for reds, heavier for blacks. No wrong choice, enjoy man!
I heard that the black and the red were almost the same sounding.
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They are all loud in my experience. My current keyboard has browns and large o-rings, but it's still incredibly loud compared to membrane keyboards.
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I heard that the black and the red were almost the same sounding.

They are. As both are linear. But the blacks take 60 grams of pressure, the reds are 45 grams. So the blacks are stiffer, and they register at around 60-70% of their stroke. So they don't even need to be fully pushed down to register. Both reds and blacks are the same in this manner. Just the blacks are heavier, making them harder to bottom out.
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Hmmm, thanks! for the tips!
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The sound of Switch tbh is decided by that if u "striking" keys heavily so keycap hit switch and make noise. if u can press key without bottoming, then only noise can be done by tactile click made by for example blue ones.

But most people bottoming so tbh there is no difference in noise... and o-rings can make it a bit quieter but some people find "feel" of o-ringed keyts uncomfortable. But its only personal preference.

I for example dont like o-rings - but the solution provided for example in gamdias keyboard is good for me(they have some kind of custom made rubber pads under keys. so its not like rubber on keycap base but rather between pcb and keycap itself... if u understand what i mean).

u can watch it here:

http://youtu.be/9EI73Mr3RnU?t=7m54s

but as i said it's custom made. But really working. And love that magnet-type attached wrist rest.

used that keyboard for about 2-months and its one of best in comfort i ever used. it had blue switches tho that i dislike...
post #10 of 10
I just removed all the blue o-rings I had on my keyboard with browns because I preferred to feel the extra travel and avoid bottoming out.

As for the loudest switch when bottoming out, I would say blacks because you generally need to thump these keys and I doubt too many people aren't bottoming out linear switches. That being said, the construction of the keyboard probably plays a bigger role here. A PCB mounted switch won't make as much sound as a metal plate mounted switch, or at least the sound from the latter is more pronounced.

I certainly wouldn't base my switch choice on bottoming out noise as you would be better served using browns or clears and learning to not bottom out. Neither of these switches make any (noticeable) noise unless you hit the bottom.
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